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Recovery Engineer (Ground Support Equipment)

SpaceX • 
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Launch - Engineering

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


SpaceX operates the world’s first automated unmanned vessel certified to land orbital class vehicles. The SpaceX recovery team has the awesome mission of ensuring SpaceX’s vehicles are successfully landed, recovered, and returned for subsequent flights. SpaceX recovery engineers are responsible for the operation of SpaceX’s fleet of droneships, astronaut recovery vessels, and fairing catching ships. Recovering and re-flying rockets is historic and has changed the rocket industry for the future…and you could be a part of that team.


  • Assume operational engineering duties for the Falcon 9 securing robot (aka Octagrabber) which includes executing design & operational improvements, performing maintenance, troubleshooting hardware, and operating the octagrabber during landing operations

  • Responsible for critical recovery ground support equipment including tooling, lifting fixtures, and processing equipment; ensure equipment is compliant with range requirements, oversee proof testing, and ensure equipment readiness

  • Develop and execute critical recovery operations across all SpaceX recovery programs (Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Dragon, Starship)

  • Identify areas of operational improvement & work with design teams to develop and implement innovative new ground equipment designs

  • Gap fill resource shortages on other recovery operations which could include falcon 9, crew dragon, or cargo dragon

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, aerospace, or systems engineering

  • 3+ years of experience building, maintaining, and modifying complex mechanical hardware

  • 3+ years of hands on robotics or advanced mechanical system operations


  • Experience troubleshooting and maintaining hydraulic systems and associated control hardware

  • Experience operating, troubleshooting, and maintaining large complex mechanical systems

  • Testing experience including setting test objectives, writing test plans, and executing hands-on testing

  • Experience operating and troubleshooting remote-operated ground control systems

  • Experience with critical operations where real-time decision making affected success criteria

  • Previous experience with computer aided design and modeling (CAD)

  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers

  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail

  • Ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work

  • Detail oriented, organized, and demonstrate a high sense of urgency


  • Willing to occasionally work offshore for extended durations without access to emergency services normally available on shore

  • Ability to climb ladders and work in tight/confined spaces

  • Willing to work with hazardous materials

  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings, climbing hand over hand, and lifting 25 lbs.

  • Willing to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, wind, open ocean

  • Must be willing to travel

  • Ability to operate heavy machinery

  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral

  • Ability to pass offshore physical fitness testing

  • Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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